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Six Feet From the Edge


Tue 6 May 2008–Sat 10 May 2008, 8:30pm

Where: Comedy Underground, 305 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $16.00
  • Concessions and Groups of 10 +: $13.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Fame is tough, say 2007 Billy T Award winners Mrs. Peacock. The musical duo, whose NZ International Comedy Festival show ROCK 101 garnered them New Zealand comedy’s most prestigious award, have struggled with the pressure of life in the public eye since taking home the famous yellow towels last year.

“The fans, the paparazzi, the expectations – it all gets a little much sometimes,” says Jarrod Baker, one half of the comedy group. “We knew that winning the Billy was a big deal, but we certainly didn’t expect this sort of nationwide exposure.”

Dave Smith, the other half of Mrs. Peacock, agrees. “It used to be that when we told people what we did, every now and again 1 or 2 people would have heard of us. And most of those people were confusing us with Flight of the Conchords.”

“But a couple of weeks ago, someone recognised me in the street. And she didn’t even cross the road to avoid me.”

The pair’s struggle was also a creative one. Under the spotlight, they discovered that their hearts lay in very different musical directions.

“I guess Dave would like us to go down a more prog-rock kind of path. But I reckon synths and electro are where it’s at,” says Baker.

“Unfortunately for Jarrod, I write pretty much all of the music,” adds Smith.

But what does this mean for their show in the 2008 NZ International Comedy Festival? “We’re pretty much going to settle our differences – live, on stage,” says Smith. “We’ll be telling the story of the year since we won the Billy T award, right up to the day of the show. So it’ll be different every night.”

“Hopefully we can sort out our issues during the Festival,” says Baker. “Otherwise we might have to split up the band. And then our 2009 Festival show would have to be a reunion show, and those have so been done.”

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